Martin Oduor-Otieno, Founder - The Leadership Group Ltd.

Martin Oduor-Otieno is currently an Independent Business Advisor, Executive Coach and Accredited Governance Auditor. He is Founder and CEO of The Leadership Group Limited under which he provides these services. Prior to this he worked with Deloitte East Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he served as Partner, Financial Services Industry from May 2013 until December 2015.

Between October 2005 and December 2012 he worked at Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Group, initially as Deputy CEO before becoming the Chief Executive Officer and member of the various Group and Subsidiary company boards. Prior to this he spent 11 years at Barclays Bank, in various senior positions in Kenya and South Africa. He is well versed with the African business landscape. He has also served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance & Planning and The Treasury in the Government of Kenya between 1999 and 2001.

He currently sits as Non Executive Director on the Boards of Standard Bank Group, East African Breweries Limited, British American Tobacco Kenya Limited, GA Life Insurance Co as well as the International Senate of SOS Kinderdof and SOS Children’s Villages Kenya. He has served previously as Chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.
He has been awarded the national recognition, CBS as well as an honorary Doctor of Business Leadership degree by KCA University for his contribution to national development and to sound leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Nairobi, an Executive MBA from ESAMI/Maastritch Business Schools and is an Alumni of the Harvard Business School’s AMP. He is also Fellow of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, a member of Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya and Institute of Directors of Kenya.

Martin has a passion for leadership, governance, mentor-ship and coaching and in 2012, launched his biography titled...."Beyond the Shadows of my Dream" which is available on Amazon.

Geoffrey Odundo, Chief Executive Officer - Nairobi Securities Exchange Ltd.

Geoffrey is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited. He is an accomplished Investment Banker who has been in the financial services sector for the last 24 years, 17 of which have been in the Capital Markets, including roles in asset management, corporate finance and securities trading. Prior to his appointment, he was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited. He was instrumental in the setting up of Co-op Trust Investment Services, Co-op Consultancy Services Limited and Kingdom Securities Limited.

Geoffrey has advised on a number of corporate finance mandates in both the public and private sectors, including the asset management industry. He has contributed to the growth of the capital markets in his previous role in the Kenya Association of Investment Banks, the Kenya Bureau of Standards and on the Board of the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

He is currently a Director of the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation Limited (Ltd). He holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from the United States International University (USIU), and a Degree in Mathematics and Economics.

Titilope Olajide, Head, People and Change - KPMG East Africa

Titilope is an experienced consultant with about twelve years’ experience at KPMG. She has multi-sector experience, cutting across areas such as Strategic Human Resources Management, Business Process Improvement, Corporate and BU Strategy Articulation/ Refinement, and Project Management. 

Over the course of her career, she has built deep skills in Strategic HR advisory and has led and participated in several multi-sector HR consulting engagements in the following areas: HR strategy review and articulation, organisation design, career management, talent management, leadership development, internal capability alignment, culture and change management, executive employee performance management implementation, succession planning, HR function optimisation and integration. She leads the People and Change Business in KPMG East Africa.

Philip Sakwa, Group Head of HR – CSquared

Philip has 10 years’ experience in a hi-tech environment, after this time he thought that he had mastered the art of dealing with millennials, but he states that he has come to a realisation that every day is a learning curve in this world. With a career spanning over almost 20 years, working in media, transport, local government (UK), banking and hi-tech (East Africa), hi-tech (Sub Saharan Africa). Philip is a change driver having successfully steered various changes that includes mergers and acquisitions, right sizing and organisational structure alignment and currently transitioning a Google-incubated company to become a fully independent pan-African hi-tech player. With a post graduate degree in HR, Philip also has a passion in mentoring younger professionals in focusing their careers. He is also a counsellor in his spare time focusing on teen in venerable environments.


Irene Kamau, Group Head of HR - Commercial Bank of Africa

Irene is the Group Head of Human Re-sources for Commercial Bank of Africa. She is a Senior HR practitioner and a Certified Executive Coach with over fifteen years’ HR Leadership experience spent broadly delivering business transformation through people in local and blue-chip company environments. She has worked in the banking and oil industry, with such companies as Barclays Bank, Diamond Trust Bank, Caltex/ Chevron Texaco and currently Commercial Bank of Africa, in various roles covering East and West Africa.

Sammy Chepkwony, Human Resources Director, East Africa - Aga Khan University Hospital

Sammy Chepkwony has extensive, diversified and hands-on experience in all areas of Human Resources Management and Organizational Development. He has reviewed and improved the effectiveness of numerous private and public organizations, established and restructured complete Human Resources functions for several large organizations across East Africa while working for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Currently a Director at PeopleCentric, Sammy has been HR Director for organisations such as Kenya Airways PLC, Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd, James Finlay Kenya Ltd, Magadi Soda Company and Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Nairobi (Nairobi Bottlers Ltd).
A graduate of the University of Nairobi (both undergraduate and postgraduate), he is a Fellow of the Institute of Human Resources Management and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He has attended numerous courses locally and overseas on leadership, human resources and business management. He has also been a speaker in various conferences and seminars.

Rose Mwaura, Marketing & Business Development Manager - Federation of Kenya Employers

Rose Mwaura is an intelligent mature Business Management Professional with a wealth of experience in sales and marketing, as well as total management of business operations. She holds 15+ years of working expertise in both the fast-moving consumer goods and the service industries.

 She is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership and Management with Management University of Africa (MUA). Rose holds an MBA, Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from Daystar University, having majored in Administration & Management and minor in Marketing. She is a holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and an Executive Diploma in Industrial Relations from United States International University- Africa in collaborations with FKE among other trainings.

Rose is an all-round expert who balances both qualitative and quantitative skills in an impactful delivery. She excels at program management, lobbying and advocacy, public relations, budget planning and adherence, people development, resource mobilization, corporate communication, skills-based training and mentoring.

Rose is passionate about influencing the world professionally and socially through imparting new skills and knowledge in management training programs and networking forums. She is involved in National TVETA curriculum development and her contribution being in the area of value life skills and soft skills. She is also a Board member at Daystar University Alumni Association and very instrumental in chapter and Projects development.  She is motivated by formulating and implementing of marketing, business and communication strategies which are geared towards the achievement of corporate goals and culture of customer service excellence.

For the last five years, she has been involved in developing and implementing membership management programs, business development initiatives, corporate communication strategies, marketing strategies, resource mobilisation, building both local and international partnership portfolio, public relations events and activities, and training employers on customer service excellence best practices while    formulating and successfully implementing programs that enhance customer service excellence delivery.

She spends her free time building her knowledge on various fields through reading books of interest and networking with youths while mentoring them on employability skills.

Bryan Sun, Managing Director, East and South Africa – Nielsen

Bryan Sun currently serves as Managing Director at Nielsen, where he is responsible for leading the South, East, and West Africa businesses. He has extensive experience in the consumer goods industry, gained from working in many diverse, international markets and at a major global retailer.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Sun has served in numerous roles across Africa, most recently as Senior Vice President: Africa Operations, Managing Director: Africa Client Service Commercial Operations, and before that, as Managing Director: Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding Nigeria).  Since joining Nielsen in 2007, Mr. Sun has worked across global markets and brands across Africa, the Middle East, Central Eastern Europe and Greater China, as well as serving as the lead for Nielsen’s regional relationship with Unilever Asia.  Prior to Nielsen, Mr. Sun worked for Carrefour China. 

He holds an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BA from Bucknell University. He speaks native English and conversational Chinese

Benard Ambasa, Head of HR, Kenya - Tullow Oil

Benard has a Bachelor of Education (Arts) Honours Degree from Kenyatta University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from United States International University, in Nairobi. He also has a Higher Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM), Nairobi. I am a trained and Certified Trainer of Trainers (TOT), a Certified Safety, Health & Environment Professional.

Previously, he was the Assistant Director, HR Human Resource Business Partner, Policy & Regulation Division in the Central Bank of Kenya. Prior to joining Central Bank, I was the Group Human Resources Manager for Sovereign Group Limited, which is an investment Group with portfolios spanning various strategic sectors of the Kenyan economy including but not limited to mining, security, hospitality, horticulture/floriculture, manufacturing, insurance, agriculture, media, trade and real estate. It is in Sovereign Group that I successfully conducted organization restructuring through HR intervention.

Benard is passionate about people development and has a host of young and middle level professionals in HR and other professions that he is mentoring. Benard actively participate in a number of community initiatives namely: Convener of Career Speakers Forum; Patron of former Primary School; Chair of a local Church Development Committee; Vice Chair of a local Bursary Fund Initiative among others.

Abdul Kibuuka, Head of Human Resources - Tullow Uganda at Tullow Oil Plc

Abdul is the executive director and founding director of True North. He has 15 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry and is a member of the oil & gas sector skills council and chairperson of the $2m world bank bursary scheme task force. He is a senior consultant on national content matters in the oil & gas sector in Uganda and senior HR consultant for both private and public-sector organizations. Abdul is also a former president of the human resource managers’ association of Uganda.

Rachel Muthoga, Deputy Chief Executive Officer - KEPSA

Rachel is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Having studied Law at the University of Nairobi, Rachel was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in May 2006. With over 10 years’ experience, Rachel pursued her Masters studies in International Legal Studies at the Washington DC at Georgetown University where she focused on Human Rights. 

She is the immediate former Executive Director at Moving the Goalposts, and has worked in a number of local and international organisations focusing on development and financial inclusion. Rachel was recognised by the Business Daily in 2015 in their Top 40 Under 40 Women Award.

Martin Mugambi, Group Executive Director, Commercial Bank of Africa

Martin is a classically trained and goal-oriented professional banker of Kenyan background with 20 years of international and African corporate finance and investment banking experience and, leadership in preeminent global financial services organizations. Martin is currently the Group Executive Director at Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) Group, a position he was appointed to in November 2016. Prior to CBA, Martin worked for Citibank N.A. for 15 years in various capacities, including as the CEO & Managing Director for Citibank Zambia Limited for 2 years, as well as the MD & Head of Corporate Finance in Citi’s Sub-Saharan Africa business based in South Africa. Martin has a MBA in Finance as well as a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc.) in Business Administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States.


Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher, and Managing Director, IC Publications

Omar joined the IC Group in March 2003, working across various departments. Having previously been an Associate Vice President in the Equity Finance team at Merrill Lynch, Omar brought a new and dynamic approach to IC Publications. He helped launch African Banker magazine and also the events department. He holds an Honours degree in Languages and Economics and a chartered management accountant qualification.

Fred Gituku, Human Resources Manager, Vivo Energy Kenya

Fred Gituku is the Human Resources Manager of Vivo Energy Kenya Limited, and a board member of the company. Prior to this he was Chief Human Resources Officer for Telkom-Orange Kenya. His fourteen year HR experience straddles a variety of sectors in among other companies: ExxonMobil; Strategic Leadership Centre International Ltd and Lloyds TSB Bank. He was one of the Business Daily's ‘Top 40 under 40’ male professionals in Kenya in 2012.

Fred is an Executive Coach, especially focusing on career issues, having graduated from the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), in 2016. He is regularly invited to speak on career and workplace-related issues in various organisations among them corporates and universities. He contributes to a weekly HR column on Fridays in the Daily Nation newspaper.

He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University and a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK. He is an Independent Trustee of Zamara Fanaka Retirement Fund, an umbrella retirement scheme that brings together over 30,000 employees from more than 180 companies. 

Sarah Roe, Co-Founder - Global Career Company and Chairman of Friends of Education Africa UK

Sarah graduated with an MA in Anthropology and African Studies which has been a lifelong interested since she spent time in Africa as a young girl. Her early career was very international working in advertising and publishing within recruitment and education. She helped create employer branding propositions for graduate recruiters such as Procter & Gamble, Barclays, Kingfisher, EY and KPMG. She went on to co-found Global Career Company with Rupert Adcock and has enjoyed the challenge of growing a business whilst also growing a family including 4 young children. Alongside her business career, Sarah has worked closely with Education Africa, a South African based charity working to bring a quality and relevant education to the most underprivileged children in the country, for the last 12 years. Sarah became Chairman of Education Africa UK in 2017.

Crispin Marriott, Client Relationship Director - Willis Towers Watson

Crispin has been consulting in the Human Capital arena for over 25 years. He is a recognised global expert on Employee Engagement. Crispin has delivered and managed some of the world’s largest and most complex global cultural assessment and Engagement survey systems. He has personally delivered such survey systems for clients in over 40 countries worldwide.

Crispin has a particular interest in the effective design and interpretation of survey data in a cross-cultural context.  Notably, Crispin was responsible for creating the first ever national Norms of employee opinion in South Africa and other African countries where he has conducted employee research since 1991.